Popcorn is a Fun, Healthy and Educational Treat
Pop up a Healthy Treat
Popcorn is one of my favorite snack foods. It is one that my dad used to fix us as kids and one that I continue to fix for my kids.
The Popcorn Board estimates that Americans eat 17 billion quarts of popcorn each year. Which works out to 54 quarts or popcorn or 216 cups per person. That's a lot of popcorn.
Unfortunately, a lot of the popcorn that people are consuming, particularly at the movie theaters is expensive and anything but healthy.
The facts about just how unhealthy movie popcorn is with the the high calories and the fat are startling. A large serving of popcorn from Regal Theaters can contain 1,200 calories, 980 milligrams of sodium, and 60 grams of saturated fat, which is as much fats as one should eat in three days. Add in extra "buttery" topping and you are adding in an additional 120 to 130 calories, per pump.
The way our family fixes popcorn, it is also a healthy and inexpensive treat. Discover some of our tips and tricks to fixing healthy popcorn and healthy popcorn recipes.
While you are here, have some fun with popcorn, do come popcorn activities or color popcorn coloring pages.
Remember January 19th is National Popcorn Day, so get popping.
Bowl of Popcorn from Plattmunk
Have a Popcorn Snack
Popcorn from National Cancer Institute.
Nostalgic Air Popcorn Popper
The Nostalgic Air Popper combines the look of the old style popcorn popper with the healthier air popping.
Fun appliance for popping popcorn on a daily basis or at a party.
History of Popcorn
Popcorn a Snack Enjoyed for Centuries
Popcorn has been around since B.C. times with evidence that popcorn was in New Mexico over 5600 years ago and that people in China and India played games trying to catch popped corn kernels heated over fires and hot stones over 5000 years ago.
Popcorn was used in Aztec Indian ceremonies in the 16th century. Cortez was the first European to see popcorn when he invaded Mexico and came into contact with the Azetcs in 1519. In early America, popcorn became a part of many festivities, since it could be easily popped at home. Widespread planting of corn in the U.S. in the mid-1800's may have increased popcorn's availability.
According to the Popcorn Board Popcorn was very popular street vendor treat, especially after Charles Cretors introduced the first mobile popcorn machine at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. These mobile popcorn poppers allowed street vendors to serve popcorns at fairs, parks and expositions.
Popcorn remained popular even during the Depression, because at 5 or 10 cents a bag, popcorn was one of the few luxuries people could afford.
Since the Depression the popularity of popcorn has waxed and waned, with people consuming more at certain times than others. The availability of microwavable popcorn and supersized movie theater popcorn has lead to an increase in popcorn consumption.
Cretors Popcorn Wagon on Wikimedia.
More on the History of Popcorn at the Popcorn Board site.
How About Some Fresh Hot Popcorn?
Old Popcorn Making Stand by lumix2004
Movie Popcorn Facts
Popcorn and a Movie?
Popcorn and a Movie by mconnors.
Startling Facts about Movie Popcorn
Popcorn has almost become synonymous with going to the movies. People like to settle in with their large bucket of buttered popcorn to watch the show and yet eating a large container of movie popcorn may not be the healthiest thing to do.
In 2009 the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) released some pretty disturbing results from their scientific study of movie popcorn. Researchers at the CSPI sent samples of popcorn and toppings from the three largest theater chains (Regal, AMC and Cinemark) to an independent lab for analysis.
The results from the analysis and facts about just how unhealthy movie popcorn is with the the high calories and the fat are startling.
A large serving of popcorn from Regal Theaters can contain 1,200 calories, 980 milligrams of sodium, and 60 grams of saturated fat. Adding in any extra "buttery" topping adds in an additional 130 calories, per pump.
Putting these numbers into perspective makes the results of their findings nutritionally very concerning.Twelve hundred calories is the number of calories that some children and elder adults should eat for the entire day. Nine hundred and eighty milligrams is approximately 2/3 of the current recommendations for low sodium intake (1500 mg). Sixty grams of saturated fat is the amount of fat that could be consumed in three days of eating. Of course saturated fats are the type of fats that have been linked to heart disease and strokes. Increased sodium to high blood pressure.
If you have to have the popcorn, or are watching your calories, fat or salt, choose the small serving and don't add any additional calories by pumping on the "butter." Ideally, air-popped and fat-free would be the best options, or if possible, not having a snack from the movie theater at all. Plan on bringing something healthy or getting a health snack afterwards.
If the calories and the amount saturated fat in movie popcorn aren't enough to get you modifying or eliminating eating popcorn at the movies, knowing the profits that the movie theaters make on inexpensive popcorn might be.
David Ownby, the CFO of Regal Entertainment Group states, "Our cost in that $6 bucket of popcorn is about 15 cents or 20 cents." That means the theater owners are making 5.80 to 5.85 in profit every time you order a large popcorn.
Movie Popcorn by Kathleen Cavalaro.
Fat in Movie Popcorn
Movie Popcorn's 60 gms of fat =
3 Quarter Pounder Burgers +
12 Butter Pats
Popcorn is Profitable for Movie Theaters
Theater operators generate up to one-third of their revenue from selling popcorn, sodas and other snacks. Popcorn is especially profitable.
"We sell a bucket of popcorn for about $6.
Our cost in that $6 bucket of popcorn is about 15 cents or 20 cents."
CFO of Regal Entertainment Group
Another Reason to Rethink Movie Popcorn
This book by economist and professor Richard McKenzie take a look at the logic in the seemingly illogical pricing system. In the book he shakes the foundations of prevalent pricing myths, including why a relatively inexpensive snack costs so much at the movie theater.
The Healthiest Movie Snack?
What's the healthiest snack to buy at the movies?
You can go for 400 to 1,200 calories' worth of popcorn that (at many theaters) is essentially fried in one to three days' worth of saturated fat.
Or you can buy a package of candy with 300 to 1,100 empty calories (plus at least half a day's sat fat if it's chocolate). Soft drinks dispatch another 150 to 500 calories to thirsty fat cells.
The best snack at the movies? No snack at all.
Center for Science in the Public Interest
More on Movie Popcorn
- BIG: Movie Theaters Fill Buckets…and Bellies
What's the healthiest snack to buy at the movies? You can go for 400 to 1,200 calories' worth of popcorn that (at many theaters) is essentially fried in one to three days' worth of saturated fat.
- BIG: Movie Theaters Fill Buckets…and Bellies - Issue
PDF File of the December 2009 issue that featured the article on BIG: Movie Theaters Fill Buckets…and Bellies from CSPI.
- Two Thumbs Down for Movie Theater Popcorn ~ News from Center for Science in the Public Interest
It's hard to picture someone mindlessly ingesting three McDonald's Quarter Pounders with 12 pats of butter while watching a movie.
- Movie Theater Popcorn a Caloric Bomb
A large movie theater popcorn tub packs more fat and calories than two Big Macs, according to an updated report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
- Popcorn, movies, nutrition, calories: Cinema chains fight federal nutrition disclosure rules on popc
Proposed federal rules would force movie theaters to post calorie counts for popcorn, pretzels, hot dogs and other prepared foods sold in their cinemas. California and some U.S. cities already have such rules.
- Movie popcorn, soda = 3 burgers, 12 butter pats
Wait a minute. Isn't popcorn supposed to be a healthy snack? It can be, but considering the way it's prepared at many movie theaters, you may want to fill up on a fruit salad before you go and steer clear of the concession stand altogether.
- Movie popcorn, calories, and menu-labeling laws: Why should theaters be exempt? - Slate Magazine
On April Fools' Day, pursuant to the new health care law, the Food and Drug Administration issued a draft rule on menu labeling. The rule requires chain restaurants and retail food sellers to tell customers how many calories are in each menu item.
- HG Movie Snack-stravaganza! (Top Picks + New Recipe!)
In preparation for all those summer blockbusters, we're rounding up some of the best packable snacks, spilling dirt on the concession stand (well, not literally), and giving you a GREAT new snack mix recipe.
- Healthy & Diet-Friendly Movie Munchies
For many, a trip to the movies isn''t complete without a big tub of buttery popcorn. But if you don''t choose carefully, that treat could be scarier than the next blockbuster horror flick!
Vote on Movie Popcorn
After reading about what is really in movie popcorn...
Will you change how you eat Movie Popcorn now?
Debate on Popcorn
What do you think? Is Popcorn Healthy?
Of course it is!
What about Microwave Popcorn?
Microwave popcorn is not without it's own health risk. There have been concerns about the extra chemicals use to make butter flavor of the microwave popcorn and also in the pre-made microwave bags used to pop the corn.
In 2007 it was reported that microwave popcorn may be harmful to your health if one directly inhales the diacetyl fumes found in the butter. Diacetyl is the chemical that helps create microwave popcorn's buttery aroma. This chemical reportedly has been removed from butter microwave popcorn. Just to be safe, consumers should wait until the popcorn bag has cooled before opening and as an additional precaution open the bag under an exhaust fan.
There is additional concern about the bags being used to pop the popcorn. Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) is a chemical by product found in the coating of microwavable popcorn bags. PFOA has been labeled a "likely carcinogen" by the Environmental Protection Agency. According to Dr. Weil, the amounts of PFOA is so pervasive that it's detectable in the blood of 95 percent of Americans.
More on Microwave Popcorn
- Discovery Health "Is microwave popcorn toxic?"
Microwave popcorn may be harmful to your health if you inhale diacetyl fumes found in the butter. Read about the harmful effects of microwave popcorn.
- Could Microwave Popcorn Be Toxic? - ABC News
Microwave Popcorn: Easy. Yummy. Toxic?
- Is Microwave Popcorn Bad for You? - Oprah.com
The overpowering scent of microwave popcorn--you either love it or hate it. But did you know it could be toxic?
- 4 popcorn makers to drop toxic chemical - Health - Health care - More health news - msnbc.com
Four of the nation's biggest microwave popcorn makers are working to remove a flavoring chemical from their products linked to a lung ailment in popcorn plant workers while reassuring consumers about the safety of the snack.
- Microwave Popcorn Threat? - Ask Dr. Weil
What can you tell me about the safety of microwave popcorn? I eat a lot of it but recently heard that it could be dangerous.
Nutriton Facts Popcorn
Nutrition Facts for Popcorn
Popcorn or corn kernels are considered a whole grain like brown rice or whole wheat.
Plain air-popped popcorn only has 31 calories in a one cup serving along with 4 grams of protein and 5 to 6 grams of filling fiber.
As a whole grain popcorn contains many of the B Vitamins, B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6 and folic acid. Popcorn has the minerals magnesium, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, and iron.
When popcorn is consumed plain (without extra added butter, fat, salt or sugar) it is a healthy treat.
In 2009 scientists reported at the American Chemical Society in Washington that popcorn contains high levels of health-boosting antioxidants called polyphenols, which help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
Orville Redenbacher Gourmet Popping Corn Food Label available on Amazon
So is Popcorn Healthy?
To answer the question "Is Popcorn Healthy?" one needs to consider the type of popcorn being discussed. Some types of popcorn are healthier than others.
- As seen a large serving of popcorn from some theaters can contain 1,200 calories, 980 milligrams of sodium, and 60 grams of saturated fat. Choose the small serving and don't add any additional calories by pumping on the "butter."
- There is some concern about the diacetyl used to give microwave popcorn a buttery taste and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) one of the chemicals in the coating of microwave bags.
- Out of the three types of popcorn, only air-popped popcorn would truly fit the
- of being among the healthiest and tastiest snacks around. Airp-opped popcorn has only 31 calories in a one cup serving, 4 grams of protein and 5 to 6 grams of filling fiber along with many of the B vitamins and several minerals.
Healthy Popcorn Articles
- Is popcorn a healthy snack?
Popcorn can be a healthy snack depending upon how it's prepared.
- How Healthy Is Popcorn? | LIVESTRONG.COM
How Healthy Is Popcorn?. Plain air-popped popcorn can be a healthy, low-calorie snack. Most commercial varieties include added salt, butter and oil, making this healthy snack into a snacking don't. Before reaching for your next popcorn snack, conside
- Popcorn - Healthy or Junk Food? - Low Carb
It's amazing how much popcorn has invaded our lifestyle. The advent of the microwave made it a super-easy snack. How healthy is popcorn for you? - Popcorn - Healthy or Junk Food? - Low Carb at BellaOnline
- Why eating popcorn is good for your health | Mail Online
Scientists discovered the snack food contains 'surprisingly large' levels of health-boosting antioxidants called polyphenols.
- How Popcorn Can Be Good for Your Health - Eating - Health.com
Did you know popcorn is a healthy whole grain, the kind linked to lower rates of diabetes and heart disease? It's true.
- 6 Healthier Alternatives to Movie Popcorn | Care2 Healthy Living
We're not saying you should give up popcorn & movies forever, but we do suggest considering these 6 healthier alternatives the next time you are vegging in front of the big screen.
- Supermarket Standoff: Best Healthy Popcorn: BA Daily: Blogs : bonappetit.com
We have embarked on a taste test tour of supermarket foods. We nibble, we score, and we share the results to help you avoid the paralysis of Brand Choice Overload. Today's topic: popcorn.
How to Make Popcorn
How to Make Healthy Popcorn
Making healthy popcorn means popping popcorn with additional chemicals as with packaged microwave popcorn or added saturated fats that is found with movie popcorn.
Air popping is the healthiest way to pop popcorn and can easily be done with an air popper.
Popping popcorn on the stove in a big pot is another way of easily making popcorn. To make popcorn on the stove you have to add in some oil and stir the popcorn (or at least shake the pot). Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils to use.
Dr. Weil recommends using Spectrum's High Heat Canola Oil for a neutral taste. One also needs to be aware that every tablespoon of oil used to pop popcorn adds 120 calories and 14 grams of fat.
Cuisinart Popcorn Maker available on Amazon
Best Air Popcorn Poppers
These are the air popcorn poppers with the highest average customer review ratings.
Easy Microwave Popcorn in a Lunch Bag
Since there is some concern about the extra chemicals in pre-made microwave bags, you can easily make your own using a plain paper bag.
- Brown Paper Bag (lunch sized)
- 1. Add three tablespoons of popcorn to the brown paper bag.
- 2. Fold the top of the bag down several times.
- 3. Place the bag inside the microwave on it's side.
- 4. Use the popcorn setting on the microwave or microwave on high 2 to 3 minutes.
- 5. Listen carefully to the popcorn popping.
- 6. Stop the microwave as the popping slows down.
Brown Bag by Jeffery
Microwave Air Poppers
You can also pop popcorn more healthfully using microwave air poppers. A bonus is the air poppers can be reused and aren't tossed out.
Make your family popcorn eating experience even more special by having a designated popcorn bowl.
More Articles on How to Make Popcorn
- How to Make Popcorn at Home - Homemade Popcorn - Oprah.com
Say goodbye to burnt kernels with these fail-proof ways to make this tasty snack at home.
- How To Make Healthy Popcorn | LIVESTRONG.COM
How To Make Healthy Popcorn. Popcorn is one of those snacks that is naturally good for you. It is high in fiber and low in fat. However, it often is prepared in a manner that adds great amounts of fat, calories and sodium to it.
- How To Make Healthy Popcorn
Popcorn is a favorite treat to many people, but commercial or movie theater popcorn comes with terrible calorie counts and health issues. Learn how to make healthy popcorn yourself.
- How to Make Healthy, Microwave-Free Popcorn
Home-popped popcorn is incredibly easy, incredibly cheap, and healthier and tastier than anything you can buy. Here's how to make about 8 cups of really good popcorn.
- How to Make Your Own Popcorn | Wise Bread
From butter-drenched microwaved kernels to old-fashioned stovetop kettle corn, here's how to make your own popped snack at home.
Healthy Popcorn Recipes
Tips for Popping Healthier Popcorn
- Use lemon juice, toss with herbs sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (My Dad's favorite recipe).
- Add cinnamon (or other favorite spices) to popcorn. Use a light cooking spray to get the cinnamon to stick.
- Make a healthy popcorn mix with air popped popcorn, raisins, plum amazins (chopped dried plums), craisins, almonds, walnuts.
- Toss air popped popcorn with olive oil and favorite Italian seasonings. (This will add extra calories).
- Mist the popcorn with water or spray with olive oil baking spray and add in some garlic salt.
- Use Himalayan (Pink) Salt crystals. Freshly grind salt onto popcorn.
- Spice it up with cayenne or black pepper. Try other ground spices like paprika, cumin, nutmeg, allspice or coriander.
- Liven up plain air popped popcorn with flavored cooking sprays.
Add Some Mrs. Dash
Mrs. Dash no salt spice mixes make it easy to season popcorn without extra salt or butter, so there are no extra calories.
Cinnamon Stevia Popcorn is an updated version of the cinnamon-sugar version. This gives you a sweet taste to popcorn.
If you prefer, you can substitute organic sugar for the Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana).
- 4 -6 cups of air-popped popcorn
- 2 teaspoons or packages of Stevia sweetener
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (freshly ground if available)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Water in Mister or Olive Oil Baking spray
- 1. Pop popping corn.
- 2. Pour into large mixing bowl
- 3. Combine Stevia, cinnamon and salt.
- 4. Lightly spray popcorn with water or olive oil baking spray.
- 5. Toss Stevia-cinnamon and sugar into popcorn.
- 6. Stir popcorn until Stevia, cinnamon and salt are mixed into the popcorn.
- Makes 4 to 6 cups of popcorn.
The Spicy Popcorn topping can be adjusted to taste.
Those who like things spicier, might want to add more spices, those who like things milder less spices. Try adding or substituting your favorite spices.
- 4 -6 cups of air popped popcorn
- 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin or chili powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne or red pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Water in Mister or Olive Oil Baking Spray
- 1. Pop popping corn.
- 2. Pour into large mixing bowl
- 3. Combine paprika, cumin (or chili powder), peppers and salt.
- 4. Lightly spray popcorn with water or olive oil baking spray.
- 5. Toss spice mixture into popcorn.
- 6. Stir popcorn until spice mixture is mixed into the popcorn.
- Makes 4 to 6 cups of popcorn.
Add some of your favorite herbs to season your popcorn with a savory flavor.
Use a dried Italian herbs mixture of thyme, oregano, parsley and basil. To get even more health benefits, use freshly, finely chopped herbs.
- 4 -6 cups of air popped popcorn
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh or dry herbs
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt or garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1. Pop popping corn.
- 2. Pour into large mixing bowl
- 3. Mix herbs with lemon juice.
- 4. Pour herb-lemon juice over popcorn and stir to mix well.
- 5. Shake on salt and a bit of pepper.
- 6. Stir popcorn again until salt and pepper are mixed into the popcorn.
- Makes 4 to 6 cups of popcorn.
Popcorn Recipe Book
Food love Patrick Evans-Hylton's look at 70 different tempting recipes to spice up and sweeten your popcorn snacking.
Healthy Popcorn Recipes
- Healthy Popcorn Recipes and Ideas
'The Recipe Doctor' offers healthier options for a favorite snack.
- Healthy Popcorn Recipes - Cat Cora's Kettle Corn Recipes - Oprah.com
Iron Chef Cat Cora explains how a new twist on happy hour has brought her family closer together. Hint: it involves popcorn.
- Popcorn Recipes To Flavor Popcorn & Keep It Healthy - The Fun Times Guide to Food and Cooking
Here are some fun ways to flavor plain popcorn and keep it healthy, plus lots of flavored popcorn recipes that are also healthy.
- Healthy Popcorn Recipes
Believe it or not, popcorn can be a healthy snack; corn kernels are considered a whole grain, and its nutritional benefits are similar to a serving of brown rice or whole wheat.
- Popping Popcorn - Martha Stewart Food
It takes just 10 minutes to make a fun and healthy snack. Serve it plain or mix it with other flavors. Spicy Popcorn is a quick healthy snack.
- Ultimate Movie-Viewing Snack Mix | Hungry Girl
Wanna snack on something large, sweet, AND salty!? Smuggle in a serving of this stuff...
Popcorn Science Fair Projects
Why Does Popcorn Pop?
The question about "Why Popcorn Pops?" is not only an intriguing one for general information, but it also makes a great Science Fair Project.
The Popcorn Board has some great information for getting started explaining the science behind popcorn popping and answering the question "What Makes Popcorn Pop?" There are a few reasons why popcorn pops, when other corn kernels do not.
- 1. The hull (outside core) is just the right thickness to allow it to burst open when heated.
- 2. Popcorn kernels contain a small drop of water inside a circle of starch.
The Popcorn board explains popcorn science this way, "As the kernel heats up, the water begins to expand. Around 212 degrees the water turns into steam and changes the starch inside each kernel into a superhot gelatinous goop. The kernel continues to heat to about 347 degrees. The pressure inside the grain will reach 135 pounds per square inch before finally bursting the hull open."
As the water inside the popcorn get heated, it turns into steam. The steam causes pressure to build up inside the kernel, which eventually is more than the strength of the hull (kernel) walls. As the hull breaks open, the starchy insides puff out, creating popped popcorn.
Popcorn Science Fair Project by woodleywonderworks
Why Does Popcorn Pop? - Video
It should be noted that the person doing the experiment should have on protective gloves, safety goggles and use a ring stand with clamp for safety. From HomeSchooling.
Science Fair Projects Using Popcorn
- How to Study Popcorn: Last Minute Science Fair Project for 6th Grade | eHow.com
How to Study Popcorn: Last Minute Science Fair Project for 6th Grade. This simple, but informative project will help your child ace his science fair and learn something in the process.
- Fun popcorn science fair project
This popcorn science fair project will help you answer "What Makes Popcorn Pop?"
- 8th Grade Science Fair Projects | Super Science Fair Projects on Popcorn
Get your 8th grade science fair projects on popcorn.
- How to Do a Popcorn Science Fair Project | eHow.com
How to Do a Popcorn Science Fair Project. A popcorn science fair project can be fun and interesting to put together. Many science fair projects are based on ideas that have nothing to do with the audience.
- Why Does Popcorn Pop?
Find out why popcorn pops with this fun science project!
- 5th Grade Science Fair Project Ideas
Get ideas for 5th grade science fair projects. These are experiments and topics suitable for upper elementary school level science fair projects.
- Science for Kids: science fair popcorn project, popcorn project, microwave popcorn
Expert: Ralph Salier-Hellendag answers questions on popcorn science projects.
- Why Does Popcorn ‘Pop’? | Cool Science Fair Projects
Popcorn is a delicious snack, but have you ever wondered how the hard corn kernels are transformed into the soft, fluffy, edible pieces?
- Popcorn Science Fair Projects
Unlike how it might sound, a popcorn science fair project can actually be quite interesting. One can learn a number of facts from the data that a popcorn science fair project can supply regarding the kinds of food that we consume in our day-to-day li
- Popcorn Science Quiz - NYTimes.com
Even if you're not in the mood for movie popcorn, take a moment to check out the offerings above. They're from a quick experiment I've borrowed from some researchers featured in this Tuesday's Findings column.
- Hey Pop! | EconEdLink
One of the best sounds and smells is fresh popcorn! At the movies, at the fair, or at home, everyone likes to munch on popcorn. What is your favorite brand? Is the most expensive brand the best? You will conduct a taste test to find out.
Counting the Unpopped (Old Maid) Kernels
How Many Unpopped Popcorn Kernels? by jdurham.
National Popcorn Day
Celebrate Popcorn on January 19th
National Popcorn Day is celebrated on January 19th, although it seems that no one, including the Popcorn Board quite knows the origin of the holiday.
It is thought that Popcorn Day might be tied to the Super Bowl, a time when people eat a lot, and some of that may be popcorn.
Just to make things more confusing National Popcorn Month is celebrated in October. Perhaps this observation has something to do with celebrating fall harvests and Halloween.
Be sure you do not confuse National Popcorn Day with National Caramel Corn Day. The National Caramel Corn Day is celebrated on April 7th.
Handful of Popcorn by simonfilm
- Have a healthy popcorn recipe contest to see who can come up with the best tasting, healthiest popcorn topping or mix.
- Make popcorn wreaths or garlands. Hang them outside for the birds to enjoy.
- Guess the number of popcorn kernels in a container.
- Throw and catch the popped popcorn with your mouth.
- Set up a popcorn relay race.
- Play popcorn volleyball. Try to bat poppped popcorn back and forth.
- Play popcorn basketball. Try to throw popped popcorn into a paper cup for a 'hoop.'
- Color popcorn coloring sheets.
- Learn why popcorn pops.
- Do a Word Scramble and make up words from phrases like "Fresh hot popcorn", "Healthy Popcorn," or "Popcorn Kernels."
10 National Popcorn Day Activities
National popcorn day is celebrated eating popcorn and also participating in fun activities. Some of these Popcorn Day activity suggestions come from the Popcorn Board from a teacher in Illinois. Others are my own activity ideas.
More on National Popcorn Day
- National Popcorn Day - The Popcorn Board
National Popcorn Day is celebrated at the end of January, although its exact date is a matter of debate. Various sources report it as January 19; others claim it takes place on whatever day the Super Bowl falls on.
- It's National Popcorn Day! | NBC 10 Philadelphia
So grab a movie and start poppin'.
- Happy National Popcorn Day! Here Are Five Things You Never Knew About Your Favorite Movie Snack | Ne
January 19 is National Popcorn Day . If you're not too bogged down by the debate over the origins of this awesome snacking holiday (some connect it with the Super Bowl), then kick back with a bowl of popcorn
- National Popcorn Day
Learn more about National Popcorn Day celebrated on January 19
- National Popcorn Day at Holiday Insights
January 19 Holiday: Popcorn Day is today.
- Snack Celebration: National Popcorn Day - That's Fit
Which snack food counts as a whole grain and is high in fiber while keeping its calorie-count low? You guessed it -- popcorn!
- National Popcorn Day – January 19th | The Daily Grid
If your New Year’s resolution this year is to eat healthier, you’re in luck because today is National Popcorn Day.
- Food, Nutrition and Health Themes for January from UNL Extension
Food, Nutrition and Health Team from UNL Extension provides ideas and information by the month: Seasonal and monthly food themes for cooking, meal planning, holiday preparations and focus on nutrition and healthy living.
Easy Popcorn Activities
Not only is popcorn a healthy snack, but it is also a fun (and edible) crafting supply.
Many people think about stringing popcorn to decorate the Christmas Tree, there are other fun ways to use popcorn starting with taking that popcorn garland and putting it outside as a treat for the neighborhood birds.
Before Christmas you might want to make some outside ornaments to hang for the birds.
Popcorn can be used to make wreaths and for decorating pictures. Martha Steward even has a beautiful tutorial on making a fabric cone to hold popcorn that will take your popcorn to an upscale treat.
Stringing popcorn for Christmas Microsoft clipart.
More Popcorn Crafts and Activities
- Celebrate National Popcorn Day in January
Celebrate Popcorn Day on January 19th. Find ideas for crafts, games, and other activities.
- Popcorn Wreath - Martha Stewart Holidays
Popcorn strands are classic tree decorations, but you can also use them to create a wintry wreath.
- Popcorn and Fruit Strings - Martha Stewart Food
These delicate garlands fulfill a time-honored role in Christmas-tree decoration.
- Fabric Popcorn Cone How-To - Martha Stewart Weddings Favors
We created the decorative paper for our popcorn cones by making a color photocopy of a fabric onto sturdy white paper.
- How to Make Pictures Using Popped Popcorn
Make a picture using popcorn. With a little imagination, the possibilities are endless!
- Hand Print Lamb Craft
Follow these instructions and have fun making lambs out of hand prints and popcorn.
- Rainy day activity - Stringing Popcorn
Much of the popcorn and dried apples were consumed by the younger crowd. Sahara decided her garland was to be hung from the pear tree branches as a gift for the birds.
- Popcorn Day Activities
Thank you to Leslie F, a teacher from Concord, Illinois, who sent the following suggestions for Popcorn Day Activities
More Popcorn Quizzes
- Popcorn Games | The Popcorn Board
Play interactive online game Popcorn Pong or the What Do You Know? Quiz Game from the Popcorn Board.
- Pop Quiz It’s National Popcorn Poppin’ Month
October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month! Test your popcorn IQ with this pop quiz about one of America’s oldest and most beloved snacks. Pop up a fresh bowl for inspiration.
- Popcorn Trivia and Quiz
Take the Popcorn Quiz from 1890 Caramel Corn Company.
- Pop(corn) Quiz! America's #1 munchie! Game - Play Fun Trivia Quiz
Yum! Popcorn is the favorite snack of Americans more than 17.3 billion quarts of it are eaten in the U.S. each year almost 5 pounds per person!. Lets see how much you know about this magical munchie. - trivia quiz game. Play now!
- Pencils Out, It's a Pop(corn) Quiz!
While you wait for your kernels to pop, test your popcorn knowledge with this quick quiz.
- Popcorn Quiz | Indiana Farm Bureau
A short quiz about the popcorn you eat from the Indiana Farm Bureau's Popcorn Quiz.
- Take the MNN (pop)corn quiz! | MNN - Mother Nature Network
How much do you really know about the cereal crop? See if you can answer these deceptively simple questions.
- Popcorn Trivia Quiz
Popcorn Trivia Quiz. Answer A Few Fun Food Trivia Questions & Learn More About Popcorn.
Popcorn Coloring Pages
Have Fun Coloring Popcorn Pages
One way to celebrate National Popcorn day with a fun activity, particularly for school age children is to give them coloring pages with popcorn images for them to color.
The coloring could be part of a healthy popcorn recipe contest, where the kids come up with the healthiest popcorn topping or popcorn mix. After they've got their recipe, they need to color it on a popcorn coloring sheet.
A popcorn prize can be awarded to all of the participants and a larger one (like lots of coloring sheets or coloring pencils) to the grand prize winner.
Popcorn Coloring Image from Microsoft clipart.
Links to Popcorn Coloring Pages
- Popcorn Coloring Sheets
Color up some popcorn fun! Poppy needs your help to bring these pictures to life! Simply print out these coloring sheets and create your own Pop-a-rific Poppy from The Popcorn Board.
- Popcorn Coloring Pages | ColoringFinder
Popcorn or 'popping corn' is corn which expands from the kernel and puffs up when heated. Corn popping was originally discovered by Native Americans in North America. Popcorn became a popular snack food during the Great Depression and for watching mo
- 30 Popcorn Coloring Pages | Free Coloring Page Site
Free Popcorn Coloring Pages from the Free Coloring Page Site
- National Popcorn Day Coloring Page and Recipe - January Worksheets - Teachable Moments in January
National Popcorn Day Coloring Page and Recipe - January Worksheets - Teachable Moments in January. National Popcorn Day is January 19th and National Popcorn Month is October. Popcorn is often enjoyed while watching TV or movies. Popcorn can be made t
- Printable Christmas coloring pages - Stringing popcorn!
These free pages provide hours of online and at-home fun for kids during the holiday season. Dogs, cats, Christmas trees, candy canes, a snowman and reindeer are just a few of the many coloring sheets and pictures in this section.
Popcorn - The Song
Hot Butter - Popcorn Song
Popcorn as a MP3 Download
Popcorn by Hot Butter was the first primarily electronic-based piece of music to reach the American popular music charts in the 1970s.
Do you remember this song?
The Muppets: Pöpcørn
Special thanks to lensmasters Blessedmombygrace and Crstnblue for finding the funny popcorn video clip by the Muppets Swedish Chef entitled Pöpcørn from the MuppetsStudio.
Did you learn anything about popcorn?
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